ongoing Agnieszka Kurant.

Curated by: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marcella Beccaria

The show

The Ultra Bodies Ultra Species meeting will be held on Wednesday 3 November at 7 pm at the Castello di Rivoli Theater in the presence of the artist Agnieszka Kurant, the Editor and Director of 'Flash Art' Gea Politi, the Curator of the Castello di Rivoli Marianna Vecellio and the Curator Noam Segal.

As part of the Expressions exhibition that characterizes the activities of the Museum in the years 2021-2022, Castello di Rivoli presents the personal project of the conceptual and interdisciplinary artist Agnieszka Kurant (Lódz, Poland, 1978), Crowd Crystal.

The title is inspired by the concept of “crowd crystals” that the writer Elias Canetti introduces in the book Mass and power (1960). In her research, Kurant reflects on the potential inherent in each of us capable of influencing social change within a community, especially within the digitized world. The artist analyzes the transformations of the human being and the possible future of work and creativity in our age, questioning the concept of individual authorship and reflecting on the notion of trace, as an actualization of the prehistoric imprint left by our ancestors, which each leave now in the digital world.

Crowd Crystal consists of evolving installations, paintings and sculptures. The works investigate the impact of collective intelligence phenomena in nature, culture and non-human intelligences - from bacteria and other single-celled organisms to artificial intelligence. The unpublished works on display reflect on the quantification of the expressions of feelings and emotions and on the exploitation of energies and social capital extracted from predictive algorithms in our contemporary age.

The works in Crowd Crystal physically react to changes in society. Liquid crystal paintings Conversions (Conversions, 2019-2021) use "data mining" to collect the moods of protesters around the world expressed through social media that cause continuous changes in the appearance of the works of art, showing the effects of collective intelligence in contemporary algorithmic and technological society. In Chemical Garden (2021) the artist investigates the relationship between digital, biological and mineral. The work consists of complex crystalline structures similar to plants, created through inorganic chemicals: metal salts - copper, cobalt, manganese, chromium, iron - which are the ingredients of modern computers, whose industrial extraction leads to the devastation of entire ecosystems . At the same time, the chemical gardens in the hydrothermal vents on the seabed are considered a plausible origin of life on earth.


Works on display

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Piazzale Mafalda di Savoia, 2
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